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    Moving to San Francisco Bay Area

    Any CFers live in or previously live in the Bay Area? I've accepted a position with my company there and while my wife and I have visited many times, visiting somewhere and living somewhere are completely different.

    We don't have any kids but aren't opposed to living in the burbs as long as it has things going on. I've lived in large cities before and have come to find that nearly every neighborhood has it own hot spots, you don't always have to be downtown. We're young professionals and I'll be working downtown near AT&T park/Bay Bridge. Wife has a job, but territory undetermined right now. We are willing to live anywhere, north bay, east bay, peninsula as long as it's about 25 minutes downtown without traffic and up to 1 hour or 1:15 in traffic. Basically the opens us up to San Rafael, Richmond, Berkeley, Oakland, Walnut Creek, Novato, Redwood City.

    Anyway, does anyone have any recommendations for location? Is there anywhere we absolutely must avoid? Anywhere that's maybe a hidden gem?



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    Re: Moving to San Francisco Bay Area

    I haven't heard many good things about Oakland



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    Re: Moving to San Francisco Bay Area

    Be prepared to spend a lot.



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    Re: Moving to San Francisco Bay Area

    I've heard it's a good idea to walk around Oakland in a Chargers jersey


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    Re: Moving to San Francisco Bay Area

    was driving through Tenderloin one time and watched a hooker give a homeless guy a hand job while waiting at a stop light. in mid day, in the middle of the sidewalk.

    But ya crazy expensive. I've never lived there but am there for work all the time.


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    Re: Moving to San Francisco Bay Area

    Oakland actually has a lot of newer neighborhoods young professionals live in, recommendations for those neighborhoods appreciated.

    Also aware of costs, but thanks



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    Re: Moving to San Francisco Bay Area

    Pretty sure SF area was just names most expensive city to live in the US (maybe the world?). Prepare to spend the big bucks for everything. Great area though.



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    Honestly I would find a 49ers message board and ask these questions


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    Re: Moving to San Francisco Bay Area

    The first time I went there I got off at the wrong train stop...Went to a store to ask directions and the sign on the front door said:

    "Dildos, butt plugs, we have THE BULGE!"

    Went in and got directions and when I left the nice man at the counter said next time they would like it if I came in the back door. Bud-ump-ching!

    That's a true story though.


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    Re: Moving to San Francisco Bay Area

    Direct message Buster28. He helped me out with vacation details a few years ago. He used to live in the SF area I believe.



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    Re: Moving to San Francisco Bay Area

    Quote Originally Posted by 1Nation View Post
    Any CFers live in or previously live in the Bay Area? I've accepted a position with my company there and while my wife and I have visited many times, visiting somewhere and living somewhere are completely different.

    We don't have any kids but aren't opposed to living in the burbs as long as it has things going on. I've lived in large cities before and have come to find that nearly every neighborhood has it own hot spots, you don't always have to be downtown. We're young professionals and I'll be working downtown near AT&T park/Bay Bridge. Wife has a job, but territory undetermined right now. We are willing to live anywhere, north bay, east bay, peninsula as long as it's about 25 minutes downtown without traffic and up to 1 hour or 1:15 in traffic. Basically the opens us up to San Rafael, Richmond, Berkeley, Oakland, Walnut Creek, Novato, Redwood City.

    Anyway, does anyone have any recommendations for location? Is there anywhere we absolutely must avoid? Anywhere that's maybe a hidden gem?
    Have you looked into moving costs yet? I'm considering moving to Austin and kind of wary of the cost of moving my stuff. I know the two cities aren't close in distance from here but just trying to get a ballpark figure


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    Re: Moving to San Francisco Bay Area

    If you are young and have no kids, live in the city. Lots of great neighborhoods, find one that interests you and go for it. Access to bus line, trolley, or BART is essential. I lived across the street from Golden Gate Park and two blocks from the ocean, called Outer Richmond. Had a great time.



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    Re: Moving to San Francisco Bay Area

    1Nation, I don't think anyone has mentioned this yet, but I believe San Fransisco is expensive. Are you aware?



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    Re: Moving to San Francisco Bay Area

    Quote Originally Posted by ianoconnor View Post
    1Nation, I don't think anyone has mentioned this yet, but I believe San Fransisco is expensive. Are you aware?
    But it sounds like the ambiance found simply by driving in the Tenderloin district makes the high cost worth it.

    I'm guessing places like SF, NY, Hawaii, etc are expensive because they are worth it.



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